Benefits of Telehealth
Telepsychiatry & teletherapy provides the patient with benefits that may lead to better care. We understand it can be difficult to take time off from your busy schedule to come to our office. This form of treatment can eliminate your commute time and lead to less stress, especially when you are scheduled to see your psychiatrist/therapist often. For patients who are usually seen in the office but are sick or traveling, this form of treatment allows you to still keep your appointment without interrupting your care.
What Do I Need to Do?
The main thing you need to do to prepare for a teletherapy appointment is to ensure that you have a private space. You also want to make sure that the device you use has high speed internet and a camera. When you schedule with one of our practices, they will provide you with the HIPAA-compliant software you need to participate in your appointment
Is Telehealth Safe?
We always make sure that any appointment that takes place between a patient and one of our therapists is compliant with HIPAA regulations and ensures patient privacy. The software we use to facilitate this teleconferencing encrypts any video and audio, too.
What Mental Health Conditions Can Telehealth Treat?
Telehealth includes Teletherapy and Telepsychiatry, facilitating treatment of a wide variety of mental health conditions and allowing patients to receive care even when they are unable to come into LifeStance's offices. Conditions that can be treated by Teletherapy include but are not limited to:
Since Telehealth also includes Telepsychiatry, it can facilitate treatment of conditions that are sometimes treated by psychiatrists or require medication, including bipolar disorder and schizophrenia. Finally, patients participating in group therapy can also access their sessions via Telehealth. To learn more about LifeStance's Telehealth options, contact a local behavioral health group near you!
What services does LifeStance provide through telehealth?
Our clinicians offer psychiatric appointments and therapy through telehealth. This includes:
- Psychiatric Appointments
- Medication Management
- Individual Therapy
- Group Therapy
Transcranial Magnetic Stimulation (TMS) is not available through telehealth.
Can I get prescriptions through telehealth appointments?
Yes. Our psychiatrists and advanced nurse practitioners can prescribe or refill medications during a telehealth appointment if appropriate for your treatment plan.
How do I access my telehealth appointment?
To attend your telehealth appointment, you will need a high-speed internet connection and a connected device with video capabilities. This device can be your desktop, laptop, tablet, or smartphone. We will send login information after you confirm your appointment.
Will all of my appointments be online?
We offer both online and in-person appointments. If you prefer telehealth sessions only, you can get the treatment you need entirely online. However, if you want to see your provider in-person sometimes, or all the time, you have the flexibility to do that as well.
Note: During the COVID-19 pandemic, LifeStance has moved most types of appointments to telehealth only. We look forward to seeing patients in-person again when it is safe to do so.